600 Alden Road, Suite 310
Markham, ON L3R 0E7
Executive Director: Wayne Johnson
Board Chair: Kevin Schular

Charitable Reg. #:10822 2191 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 63 cents are available for programs.

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About Tearfund Canada:

Founded in 1982, Tearfund is a Christian international aid organization that works to end poverty. Tearfund Canada was known as World Relief Canada until January 2018. Through partnerships with local churches, Tearfund provides training on sustainable farming and operating savings groups. The charity is also a member of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), which is a partnership of organizations delivering food and emergency supplies to people in crisis. In F2019, the charity worked in 11 countries, including DR Congo, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Malawi, Philippines, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Tanzania. It supported 319,994 individuals by either lifting them out of poverty or providing life-saving aid. Tearfund Canada is one branch of the ‘TEAR Family’ with international Tearfund branches that work in more than 50 countries.

In F2019, Tearfund Canada allocated 67% of program spending to disaster relief and rehabilitation. In F2019, Tearfund Canada provided 99,380 people with life-saving aid. Each family helped by Tearfund Canada’s disaster response to Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines and an earthquake off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi received 130kg of grain and beans. The charity also provided medical care for 63,736 Syrian Refugees. The largest relief effort was likely in South Sudan, which has been damaged by famine and war over multiple decades. In the last year, Tearfund Canada worked with Tearfund South Sudan to provide 1,200 households with 8,400 residents monthly shipments of 105 kg of grain, 11 kg of beans, 6 litres of vegetable oil, and 1 kg of iodized salt. 

In F2019, Tearfund Canada allocated 33% of program spending to development. The charity empowers poor people to use the resources at their disposal to escape poverty. Teaching farming techniques increases harvests and organized savings groups allow community members to pool resources and make larger purchases. In F2019, Tearfund Canada improved 123,590 people’s lives economically through savings groups, with women comprising 85% of savings group members. The average cost to train one savings group member was $36. In the last year, Tearfund Canada has also equipped 349 church leaders to help transform their communities, and 736 church leaders are comforting victims of sexual violence.

Tearfund Canada spent an insignificant $9k on Education in F2019.

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Results and Impact

Tearfund Canada reports impact of the economic empowerment programs extending beyond the individuals trained. Kenyan savings groups have been highly successful. With profits made on early investments, the groups have 55% of funds circulating through multiple projects and generating interest. Over 89% of the savings groups started 5 years ago are still operating because the communities have benefited.

Approximately 4,200 people in DR Congo, 1,367 in Liberia, 25,530 in Ethiopia, and 2100 in South Sudan have benefited from better nutrition and increased income after improvements to farming in the last year. The average increase in family income after planting Taro with conservation agriculture techniques was 687%.

In India, 437 people have access to clean drinking water because of newly constructed wells. In DR Congo, Tearfund distributed 8,400 kg of rice, 4,200 kg beans, and 200 kg salt in the last year.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Tearfund Canada’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Tearfund a Good impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Good

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Tearfund Canada is a Medium-sized charity with donations of $2.1m in F2020. The charity received $5.4m from the government, representing 63% of total revenues. Administrative costs are 3% of total revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 34% of donations. This means overhead costs are 37%. For every dollar donated, 63 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Tearfund has funding reserves of $2.5m, including $0.6m held at the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, which could run programs for roughly four months.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Tearfund for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 17, 2020 by Eric Jose. Financials updated on October 15, 2020 by Greg Thomson.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending June
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.9%9.0%8.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 33.9%38.0%44.5%
Total overhead spending 36.8%47.0%52.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 35.1%19.7%34.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 2,0801,7081,525
Government funding 5,3584,3764,462
Investment income 2005466
Other income 803477382
Total revenues 8,4426,6166,435
Program costs - International 7,1415,7075,754
Administrative costs 242593508
Fundraising costs 706649678
Total spending 8,0886,9506,940
Cash flow from operations 354(334)(505)
Capital spending 074
Funding reserves 2,5041,1231,960

Note: Ci has included grants from Global Affairs Canada and others related to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank as government revenue. Amortization has been removed from administrative costs.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 11

Avg. Compensation: $102,755

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2019

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Charity Contact

Website: www.tearfund.ca
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